Finalists announced for Semta Skills Awards 2017

Posted on 9 Jan 2017 by Jonny Williamson

Hundreds of nominations from talented engineers and innovative companies have been shortlisted to just 27 by an independent industry panel of judges for the Semta Skills Awards 2017.

Twelve companies, ten men and five women will now do battle to be named the winner of their category Semta Skills Awards, with one lucky finalist being named the overall Best in British Engineering.

CEO of Semta, Ann Watson explained: “Our industry is often guilty of not shouting about its successes.  The Semta Skills Awards gives us all the chance to tell the world just how good we are, the achievements we made – which is more important than ever as the country seeks to establish new partnerships in a post-Brexit world where skills will matter even more than they do now.

Semta Skills Awards 2017 is to be held at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on Wednesday March 8.

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“It is fantastic to see so many new companies entering this year and the fact SMEs, which are so crucial to the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector, are well represented. It shows the awards have strength in depth right across the sector.

“I would like to congratulate and wish all the finalists good luck, it is a real achievement to get this far. I particularly want to thank our excellent and valued sponsors who have not only financed the awards but had the unenviable task of selecting the finalists – and what a superb high standard we have, evidence of how much our awards are valued and have grown – now in their fourth year.”

Six hundred people are due to attend the glittering networking evening with a key note speech from Antony Jenkins, chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships and attended by some of the advanced manufacturing and engineering industry’s biggest brands together with the crucial SME supply chain that make up 98% of the sector.

Apprentice of the Year:

  • Bradley Clare, Allied Protek
  • Hal Devonald, Siemens
  • Philippa Dressler-Pearson, Southco Manufacturing Ltd

Higher Apprentice of the Year:

  • Christiane Rogerson, BAE Systems plc
  • Ethan Davies, ElectroImpact UK Ltd
  • Matthew Peach, Airbus Operations UK Ltd

Graduate of the Year:

  • Philippa Spencer, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Riccardo Puca, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Sophie Harker, BAE Systems plc

Skills Champion of the Year:

  • Andy Young, British Airways
  • Jo Lopes, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Martin Tomkins, Ford Motor Company Limited

Skills Innovation of the Year:

  • Activate Business School & BMW
  • KMF Group Limited
  • Jaguar Land Rover & University of Bradford

Investment in Skills:

  • Lander Automotive Ltd
  • Salop Design & Engineering Ltd
  • Wire Belt Company Limited

Training Partner of the Year:

  • Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock, Scotland
  • Skills Training UK, Wembley, London
  • Warwickshire College Group – Trident Centre, Warwick, West Midlands

Technician of the Year:

  • Katie Gray, Vector Aerospace Component Services
  • Leon Denton, Lockheed Martin UK
  • Philip Booth, Greencore Prepared Meals

Diversity in Engineering:

  • Airbus Operations UK Ltd, Bristol, South West
  • Atkins Global, Epsom, South East
  • British Airways, Harmondsworth, London